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The Volvo Group respects the right of all employees to join an association to represent their interests as employees, to organize and to bargain collectively or individually. We respect the recognized unions and maintain a close relationship with a number of unions that represent employees. An employee’s right to refrain from joining a union is equally respected.
As stated in the Code of Conduct the Volvo Group shall notify employees’ representatives and relevant government authorities of major changes in our operations as required by law.
The Volvo European Dialogue was formed in Europe in 1996 as a forum for employer-employee dialogue. The forum meets once a year and the chairman is the CEO of the Volvo Group. Representatives from outside Europe are invited every second year to the forum, and as of 2013 they will meet every year and the forum will be renamed the Volvo Global Dialogue to mirror the expansion and globalization of the Volvo Group.
In addition to this forum, European employee representatives have two meetings each year in the European Works Council.
A Global Works Council meeting was held in Poland in November 2012 and The Code of Conduct was part of the agenda.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Collective bargaining agreements are used in many places, including the ten countries where the Volvo Group has its largest operations.
In several countries the automotive industry has a long tradition of union cooperation. Based on a study on seven countries where the Group has its largest operations, corresponding to 58 percent of the employees, 81 percent of permanent employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements and 62 percent are members in an independent trade union.
There are three employee representatives on the Volvo Group Board of Directors and two deputies are appointed by the labor organizations.